40,000 (Crevels 2007). Ethnic population: 119,000 (Crevels 2007).
Cauca, Huila, and Tolima departments: Popayán area, central Andes range.
Pitayo, Paniquita (Panikita).
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 75% (2005 Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística). Some attempts, mainly literacy courses, have been made to promote the language. Some private primary schools teach reading and writing in Páez along with Spanish [spa]. Taught in secondary schools. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1980–2014.
Latin script [Latn].